ISLAMABAD - At one side, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd has curtailed gas supply to several power plants and on the other, government is unable to supply fuel to the plants claiming loss of infrastructure in the recent past rains, leaving power shortfall increase with the passage of time.

Due to decreased gas supply, the power generation has been shrunk by 680 megawatt as SNGPL has curtailed 57 MMCFD gas to SAIF, Halmore, Saphire and 30 MMCFD to Engro due to tripping of Qadirpur Gas Field.

Guddu Power Plant administration still has not been able to get rid of water accumulated at the plant due to heavy rains in the recent past that also has reduced generation more than 400 megawatt.

Owing to above mentioned problems the power generation has reduced thus increasing the shortfall and as per an official that might increase further. At present the load shedding hours have been increased in several areas of the country.

Yesterday in a meeting the government authorities had decided that while the Qadir Pur is not restored, fuel supply will be increased to the power plants to maintain the power supply in the country. But as per an official statement, heavy rains are major hurdle to supply fuel to plants.

At present, demand of energy in the country stands at 14,200 megawatt against the total generation of 10,565MW. The shortfall at present is 3,635 MW that was being observed less than 3000 in last few weeks.